This is unbelievable. There is no excuse for having this situation in the United States. The profit motive is essential to ensure there are enough drugs. Take that away, and the companies have no incentive to produce the drugs. Of course, detractors would note that this is what is wrong with the profit-driven system.Drug shortages mean a growing number of Americans aren't getting the medications they need. That's causing drug companies and doctors to ration available medications in some cases.
"We're now at 213 shortages for this year," says Erin Fox of the University of Utah, who tracks national drug shortages. "That surpasses last year's total of 211. And it doesn't seem like there's an end in sight."
The shortages involve a wide range of medications: cancer chemotherapy agents, anesthetics, antibiotics, electrolytes needed for nutrient solutions, and dozens more. One drug currently in short supply is used in critically ill patients to bring down soaring blood pressure.